CRYAN & DIEGNAN: ‘PRIVATIZATION DOESN’T WORK’

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan & Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. had the following published Friday in The Star-Ledger:

“We know all too well, based on failed Republican experiments of the 1990s, that privatization doesn’t save money and results in poor customer service. Remember the problems under Gov. Christie Whitman with vehicle inspections at motor vehicle agencies? Those debacles resulted in millions of wasted taxpayer dollars and long lines at the agencies.

“Rather than learn from history, Gov. Chris Christie is pushing a plan to privatize toll collection along our highways. Under this plan, dedicated, hardworking employees, many with more than 20 years of service, will be replaced. The alleged savings to the Turnpike Authority will come by eliminating the income of hundreds of middle-class families…”